Public Interest Law Careers Guide - Sue Wolter Testimonial

Volunteer co-ordinator and para-legal: Sue Woller

Organisation: Villamanta Disability Rights

Sue Wolter is a volunteer co-ordinator and para-legal worker at Villamanta Disability Rights centre. She has spent 23 years working with this community legal service and has an interest in helping vulnerable individuals and the field of human rights. Her goal is to improve access to services and treatment for people with disabilities. Whilst she has faced emotionally confronting stories in her career, her advice for law students and future lawyers is to “follow what they believe in”, and to “do what you want to do.” Wolter finds passion in helping the vulnerable, engaging her time and experience to work at the community legal service instead of a private legal firm.

When did you start?

23 years working with Villamanta Disability Rights

What was your pathway into Public Interest Law?

Interest in helping vulnerable people and human rights. Want to improve access to services and treatment for people with disabilities.

Do you practise a mixture of commercial and Public Interest Law, and if so, how do you juggle the two?

Some lawyers have their own private practice, however a mixture of commercial and public interest law is generally not practised together.

What are some of the challenges you have faced in your career?

Confronting, upsetting stories.

What advice do you have for Law students and lawyers wanting to pursue a career path focusing on positive social change?

To follow what they believe in, do what you want to do.

What do you find most rewarding in your work?

Helping people: ' at the end of the day...I get a wage for working here...but instead of working for a private legal firm...I feel at least this is helping people'.

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